As we age, the ability to retain control of our independent day-to-day lives is an important factor in quality of life. While many of us have families ready and willing to help us, it’s crucial to find everyday ways to improve mobility without depending on someone else.. The longer someone is able to get around on their own two feet, without assistance, the happier they will be. It’s a sense of freedom and independence that gives life more meaning.
Limited mobility aids such as walkers and rollators are a great way to foster positive feelings, decrease the risk of falls, and inspire sustained self sufficiency. When life is worth living, you’ll give it all you’ve got!
The number one reason for injuries in seniors is falls, which can be preventable when you take the proper precautions. Falls can happen anywhere at any time, from slippery surfaces in the bathroom to a simple misstep anywhere in the home. What would be minimal injury and short recovery time for a younger person can turn into broken bones, severe bruising, and weeks or more of recovery time for an elderly person. Along with bathroom safety equipment, limited mobility aids are an excellent way to give seniors the support they need to protect against falls.
Choosing the right mobility aids for your loved one will take some assessment of their abilities. If you need help deciding which one is right for yourself or your family, contact us today. We’re here to help you find the right fit for your individual situation.
Mobility aids may be a temporary tool for recovery or a permanent device to make one’s life a little easier. Your doctor will also be able to make a recommendation on whether or not walkers and rollators are a good option.
Standard walkers consist of four feet and may be collapsible for travel. Walkers without wheels are the most stable kind of mobility aids. Walkers may also include two wheels in the front and two feet at the rear. They’re lightweight, and the individual must be able to pick up the device and move it forward to take steps. Both types of walkers are adjustable in height. If you or your loved one is mobile enough to not require a wheelchair, but can’t bear full weight on one or both legs, a walker is a good choice.
Rollators are mobility aids that have four wheels at the base, handbrakes to slow momentum, a seat to rest on, and an optional carry-basket to store personal items. Rollators are heavier than standard walkers, and they can also be folded up for transportation. Swiveling wheels give rollators a lot of maneuverability for the user. Rollators don’t need to be picked up like walkers, they can simply be pushed around. They are intended for use by people who need help with balance and stability, but who are able to walk. With the support of rollators, people with limited mobility can enjoy faster walking speed and have a built-in place to rest at any time.
A wheelchair is needed when you don’t have the ability to walk at all. A standard wheelchair will give you the freedom to move around through the use of your arms, or someone could easily push you from place to place. A transport chair is a lightweight solution when the ability to self- propel is not needed. Standard wheelchairs and transport wheelchairs are limited mobility aids that can help you enjoy restaurants, shopping, the outdoors, and other daily activities.
Browse our walkers, rollators, wheelchairs, and accessories for mobility aids that can help you or a loved one maintain a high-quality of life. We also rent standard wheelchairs, transport wheelchairs, walkers, and rollators.